June 28, 2017- A hit-and-run van accident occurred in Visalia, on Wednesday. The drunk driver crashed into a patrol vehicle, at about 9:30 PM, on County Center Drive.
Johnathan Mates, 44, was driving a 2001 Ford Windstar in the area of County Center and Caldwell Avenue.
A police cruiser was stopped at a red light at the intersection. The minivan rear-ended the officer, then fled the scene.
Mates was found shortly thereafter and arrested for driving while under the influence and hit-and-run.